The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization that seeks to influence public policy in Washington D.C., in

the state capitals, and locally through public education and grass-roots political action.

As one of five Groups within the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Harvey Broome Group is based in Knoxville, TN, and focuses on Knox County and seventeen surrounding counties in East Tennessee. Our namesake, Harvey Broome (1902-1968), was a founding member of the Widlerness Society and a native of Knoxville TN. 

The Harvey Broome Group undertakes important conservation issues, offers year-round outings to enhance appreciation of the outdoors, and presents monthly programs that range from experts in environmental issues to entertaining speakers who have explored our world.

See the About Us page for more about who we are and what we do.


The Tennessee Legislature is now In session. Go to the Legislation Page to get a preview of what the TN State Sierra Club Chapter supports and opposes and how you can get involved. 

TennesseeChapter Winter Retreat - Jan. 29-31. Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Come join the fellowship, hikes, fireplace chats, meetings, live music and star gazing. Meet folks from across the state that share a vision and love for the environment. After dinner enjoy the musical style of Antoinette Olesen, an award winning songwriter who has toured internationally and shared the bill with many artists including Sheryl Crow, Paula Abdul, Gloria Estefan. Get the details.


Support the Ban on Surface Coal Mining in East Tennessee

In 2010, Tennessee filed a Lands Unsuitable for Mining (LUM) petition seeking to restrict mining on ridgelines in Anderson, Campbell, Scott, and Morgan counties. This is land managed for multi-use in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and Emory River Tract Conservation Easement, and totals about 67,000 acres.  The request seeks to restrict mining in a 1,200 foot corridor, 600 feet on each side of certain ridgelines.  The petition area includes approximately 500 miles of ridges.  

No final decision on the petition will be made until after the 45-day comment period ends on January 25, 2016. The Secretary of the Interior will make the final decision on the petition.

  • The Cumberland Mountains are renowned for phenomenal forests, rich aquatic life and outstanding outdoor recreation.
  • The rivers and streams contain extremely high concentrations of endangered species in North America.
  • The Bredesen petition does not affect underground mining or permits for surface mining that have already been issued.
  • Millions of tourists enjoy the Cumberland Mountains that create thousands of jobs for Tennesseans. Tourists do not visit the mountains to see surface mining and mountaintops removed.
  • There are only 135 surface coal jobs in Tennessee.


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LUM Petition Administrative Officer
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement1
Knoxville Field Office
710 Locust Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
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